Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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Stocking Filler For Gadget Fiend Is A Very Smart Idea

By Dave Pinwell 14th December 2018 Tech News 62
Stocking Filler For Gadget Fiend Is A Very Smart Idea

Stocking Filler For Gadget Fiend Is A Very Smart Idea  Anyone seeking a last-minute stocking filler for a gadget fiend ought to be looking at the Flic Smart Button. Well, okay, it might not fill a Christmas morning swag bag, after all it is only the diameter of a ten pence coin and the depth…

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Artoo Mini-Robot Is A Star Christmas Gift

By Dave Pinwell 7th December 2018 Tech News 75
Artoo Mini-Robot Is A Star Christmas Gift

Artoo Mini-Robot Is A Star Christmas Gift  Should you be looking for a Christmas gift for a Star Wars enthusiast of any age, you might look no further than the Sphero R2-D2 mini-robot. Standing just nine inches tall, but otherwise a perfect replica of Luke Skywalker’s much loved sidekick droid, this feller is controlled from…

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A Marmite Moment For Projection Clocks

By Dave Pinwell 30th November 2018 Tech News 121
A Marmite Moment For Projection Clocks

A Marmite Moment For Projection Clocks  The pre-Christmas online market seems awash with projection clocks, with a score of models elbowing for prominence in what could be a high-selling trend in affordable electronic gifts. As gizmos go, they suffer from the Marmite effect. Some people love having the time projected on the bedroom wall through…

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Plant This Idea For Christmas

By Dave Pinwell 23rd November 2018 Tech News 156
Plant This Idea For Christmas

Plant This Idea For Christmas  If you are seeking a relatively inexpensive gizmo as a Christmas gift for a green-fingered friend the Xiaomi Plant Monitor may be the thing you are looking for. This is a device that sits in the soil of a pot tracking the condition of the plant within. It pairs with…

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Hogwarts Gizmo Could Be A Magic Present For Xmas

By Dave Pinwell 16th November 2018 Tech News 191
Hogwarts Gizmo Could Be A Magic Present For Xmas

Hogwarts Gizmo Could Be A Magic Present For Xmas  As Christmas shopping season gets into full swing, anyone with a generous amount to splash out on an educational gizmo for a youngster might find the Harry Potter Coding Kit of interest. Kano makes devices for learning about computers and coding. They have hit the Christmas…

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Starship Fleet Is Leading The Way

By Dave Pinwell 9th November 2018 Tech News 200
Starship Fleet Is Leading The Way

Starship Fleet Is Leading The Way  In the fast moving world of automation, the latest workers being replaced by robotics are Granville and his bike from Open All Hours and Postman Pat with his parcel van. In a sign of things to come, a Co-op shop in Milton Keynes has been using self-driving trolleys for…

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New Airport Checks Are Set For Take-Off

By Dave Pinwell 7th November 2018 Tech News 205
New Airport Checks Are Set For Take-Off

New Airport Checks Are Set For Take-Off  Having passed through five European airports so far this year I can attest that it is getting harder. Not their fault, of course, but security threats and passenger growth combine to form longer than ever queues at every step from car park to plane and vice versa. Post…

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Cars May Be Next To Gather Our Data

By Dave Pinwell 26th October 2018 Tech News 239
Cars May Be Next To Gather Our Data

Cars May Be Next To Gather Our Data There are indications that our cars might, in time, become as nosey as our phones about what we get up to. Commentators on the Net are looking at the amount of data ‘connected cars’ are collecting and pondering where that might lead to. Systems intended to provide…

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Latest Robots Are Great – But Leave Future Uncertain

By Dave Pinwell 19th October 2018 Tech News 316
Latest Robots Are Great – But Leave Future Uncertain

Latest Robots Are Great – But Leave Future Uncertain Do you remember those days we laughed at clunky old robots trying to look and act like humans as they lurched and wobbled along? Those days are clearly long gone. If you saw last week’s video released by robotic designers Boston Dynamics, you will know just…

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New Smartphone Fight Over Camera Power

By Dave Pinwell 12th October 2018 Smartphones, Tech News 264
New Smartphone Fight Over Camera Power

New Smartphone Fight Over Camera Power A new battle is breaking out in the smartphone market as manufacturers strive to outdo each other with on board camera power. Whether this is what the consumer wants, though remains to be seen. No sooner had it become a thing, to pack three lenses into phones, such as…

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